Article I: Definitions

  1. The term university refers to Case Western Reserve University.
  2. The term student includes, but is not limited to, all persons taking courses at the university, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the student code of conduct, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the university or who have applied and/or have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered students.
  3. The term faculty member means any person hired by the university to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the university or individual academic program to be a member of the faculty.
  4. The term university official includes any person employed by the university, on a full-time, part-time or temporary basis, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  5. The term member of the university community includes any person who is a student, faculty member, university official, person employed by the university, guest or visitor. If not clear, a person's status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee.
  6. The term university premises includes all land, buildings, facilities and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the university.
  7. The terms student organization or student group means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for university recognition or that would otherwise be considered a student organization or student group. This could include but is not limited to recognized student organizations, Greek life chapters, athletic teams and performance groups.
  8. The term hearing board means person or persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to determine whether a student or student organization has violated the student code of conduct and to impose sanctions when violation of the code of conduct has occurred.
  9. The term hearing officer means a university official authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to unilaterally determine whether a student or student organization has violated the student code of conduct and to impose sanctions when violation of the code of conduct has occurred.
  10. The term appellate board means any person or persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to consider an appeal from the hearing board or hearing officer's determination whether a student or student organization has violated the code of conduct or from the sanctions imposed.
  11. The term appellate officer means a university official authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to unilaterality consider an appeal from the hearing officer's determination whether a student or student organization has violated the code of conduct or from the sanctions imposed.
  12. The term complainant means any person or student organization who submits charge(s) alleging that a student or student organization violated the student code of conduct. In the absence of either above, the university will serve as complainant.
  13. The term respondent means any student or student organization accused of violating the student code of conduct.
  14. The term investigator means any university official gathering information for a hearing officer or hearing board to determine whether a violation of the code of conduct occurred.
  15. The term business day means any day the university is conducting normal operations and most offices are open.
  16. The term shall is used in the imperative sense.
  17. The term may is used in the permissive sense.
  18. The Vice President of Student Affairs is the person designated by the university to be responsible for the administration of the student code of conduct.
  19. The Student Conduct Administrator is the person designated by the Vice President of Student Affairs for daily operation of the student conduct process.
  20. The term policy means any written regulations of the university as found in, but not limited to, the student code of conduct, the university web page and computer use policy, and undergraduate/graduate/professional school handbooks and catalogs.

Last Updated: July 15, 2016